for campers entering grades 7, 8 & 9 in the fall, regardless of age.
Summer Challenge is our program for campers going into the 7th, 8th, and 9th grades. Each year a limited number of campers take the challenge to spend time in the great outdoors developing new skills or improving old ones. Our goal is to create a safe community in which young people can grow in leadership and social skills while being active and, yes, having fun.
The Challenge is located on its own space within the Summerkids campground. The campers have their own field, obstacle course, archery range, jousting pit, own bathrooms, kitchen and lovely pagoda for meetings and activities. They also have their own, separate share of the Summerkids garden.
Special activity features of the Challenge include:
✦ The opportunity to do activities of greater complexity and duration. For example, those so inclined will work on a performance which will be produced for an audience. Crafts involve advanced skills and may be made over a few days or a few weeks. Future chefs plan, cook, and serve foods of various cultures, using ingredients from our very fertile garden. We build furniture, create giant puppets and props.. the Challengers do it all!
✦ Traditional outdoor activities, including the annual Poseidon Adventure and EPIC, four-period hikes, swimming and sports.
✦ At least one “Late Night,” when Challengers prepare their own dinners and have special camp activities until usually 9 or 10 p.m.
✦ Occasional beach trips.
Challengers often work in teams, developing habits of cooperation and leadership. Yet we also give them choices so they can work on activities that truly interest them.
Our Challenge program is limited in enrollment and is staffed by a returning team of very experienced, mature and cool counselors.
Please click on any of the images above to see more about a "typical" day at Summer Challenge
CAMP HOURS (Summer Challenge)
For both Summerkids and Summer Challenge, the regular camp day begins promptly at 9 a.m., with drop-off between 8:30 a.m. and 9. Camp concludes (also promptly!) at 3 p.m., and pickup is any time between 3 and 3:30 p.m.
We offer a snack and juice at around 10:30 and milk with lunch.
Times outside these hours are designated “extended day” and must be reserved with your camp enrollment.
For those parents needing additional care, we offer a flexible "Extended Day" program from 7 to 9 a.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday. That program is an extension of our regular camp day, and counselors will be on hand to lead your camper or campers in a variety of activities, including swimming in the afternoon.
You will be able to sign up for a fee-based "Extended Care" for mornings or afternoons or both, for the days of the week you need the care, as part of our registration process.
See our application page for extended day choices and fees.